The Islamic State (ISIS) group fighters have once again raised the pitch on the eve of the holy month of Ramadan (also Ramzan), asking people in Raqqa and Mosul to destroy satellite dishes since they could be used by intelligence agencies to target their fighters in the two strongholds.
Ramadan begins on June 6, according to some Muslim clerics, while other agencies say the 30-day fasting month commences a day later.
A video, warning people of agencies using such tactics to target ISIS fighters, was released on Tuesday by the group's media office Welayat Nineveh in Mosul, the Telegraph reported.
Abu Saad al-Ansari and Abu Abdullah al-Ansari, two ISIS fighters, are seen warning the threats posed by the Western media, including the possibility that intelligence agencies could use the satellite dishes to target its cadre.
The video asks people to either destroy the satellite dishes or surrender them to the local Islamic police, the daily said.
A similar appeal was made in Raqqa. According to an NGO that monitors activities of ISIS in the city, Raqqa is being slaughtered silently.
About 10 days ago, the Islamic State group had reportedly asked its fighters in an audio message to attack the United States and Europe.
"Ramadan is coming, the month of attacks and jihad, the month of conquest so be prepared...and make sure that everyone of you spend it in the name of God on the attack. Ramadan...be a month of calamity on the non-believers anywhere, especially by those soldiers and supporters of the caliphate in Europe and America," ISIS spokesperson Abu Muhammad Al-Adnani was quoted as saying in the clip, according to a Reuters report.
ISIS is known for imposing radical version of Islam, forcing Muslims to observe its diktat on fasting and prayers during the holy month of Ramadan, failing which people, including children, are subject to inhuman treatment.
Last year, the group killed people for breaking fast and punished men for allowing their womenfolk to shop alone during Ramadan.